The Agenda: Frieze Los Angeles, Modernism Week and Desert XAuthor:Michelle Konstantinovsky
It’s that time again: Modernism Week takes over Palm Springs February 14-24 with over 350 events including the Modernism Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, films, lectures, nightly parties, and tons more. The Opening Night Party will include cocktails and dancing at the 1962 Wexler and Harrison-designed Indian Canyons Golf Resort Clubhouse. The Valentine’s Day fete will kick off with a 1960’s psychedelic theme and 12-piece orchestra Casino Royale, all presented by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.
When: February 14-24, 2019
Where: Palm Springs. https://www.modernismweek.com
The first-ever edition of Frieze Los Angeles will unite 70 contemporary galleries from across the city and around the world, and feature curated programming, projects, and film screenings. The three-day event includes highlights like Cauleen Smith in conversation with Sondra Perry, aCécile B. Evans screening, and ‘Views from Here’, on being based in Los Angeles.
When: February 15-17, 2019.
Where: Paramount Pictures Studios, Los Angeles. https://frieze.com/fairs/frieze-los-angeles
Right alongside Modernism Week is another Palm Springs staple. This one presents post-war and contemporary art and unites hundreds of artists from galleries across Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Talks and events include Beatrice Wood: The Art of a Life, Joe Goode’s Impact on the California Art Scene, and the Art Palm Springs 2019 Artist of the Year Award Presentation.
When: February 15-18, 2019
Where: Palm Springs Convention Center, http://www.art-palmsprings.com
Housed in a historic building constructed in 1909, SIMONE is a newly opened Los Angeles restaurant that’s both elevated and inviting. Interior designer Deirdre Doherty paid homage to the neighborhood’s history by retaining the original exterior brick walls and concrete floors of the former photography studio, adding Art Deco touches including bronze and glass elements. Stop by the 25-seat bar, Duello, and keep an eye out for design details throughout like hand-painted burgundy-toned Malachite walls by artist Michael Sullivan, hand-blown glass sconces, and custom artwork by Ryan McCann.
Where: 449 S Hewitt St., Los Angeles. https://simoneartsdistrict.com/
Kicking off February 9, the biannual Desert X will display works in the Coachella Valley through April 21, showcasing works of art inspired by the surrounding desert. Produced by non-profit organization, Desert Biennial, the event is intended to bring the biggest international artists to the Coachella Valley to create, inspire, and garner attention for the unique location. The event is free and open to the public.
When: February 9 – April 21, 2019
Where: Coachella Valley https://www.desertx.org
Art Los Angeles Contemporary
The tenth edition of Art Los Angeles Contemporary features established and emerging galleries from around the world, focusing primarily on L.A.-based galleries. This year’s event introduces two new sections: Moveable Types, an array of independent publishers selected by Frances Horn, and The Academy, a collection of individual artworks from emerging galleries in a salon-style exhibition curated by Claudia Reich.
When: February 13–17, 2019
Where: The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA. https://artlosangelesfair.com/
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